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Foods That Help With Spider Veins

Posted Oct 22 2008 4:37pm
At least 40 percent of women develop spider veins, networks of tiny red, blue or purple blood vessels that appear on the upper thighs, behind the knees and on the feet.

Spider veins appear when tiny blood vessels dilate near the surface of the skin.

What you eat can help strenghten the blood-vessels and help prevent new spider veins, but it's unlikely to fix the ones already present.

Eat a balanced high fiber diet. Constipation can be a factor in spider or varicose veins, because straining in an effort to force a bowel movement puts added pressure on the veins.

Eat fruits and green veggies. They have phytochemcials the strengthen blood-vessel walls and help keep veins healthy.

Avoid fried foods. Fats add to circulation problems.

Vitamin C and bioflavonoids help improve circulation and reduce pain. Bioflavonoids also strengthen weak blood-vessel walls.

Good food sources with Vitamin C and bioflavonoids:
Citrus fruits with thick skins like oranges, lemons and grapefruits – eat the thick white part of the fruit.
Sweet Peppers
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Kale
Asparagus
Spinach
Tomatoes
Strawberries
Apricots
Paypaya
Cantaloupe
Kiwi
Dandelion or Violet leaves
Tea
Blueberries and other dark colored fruits or berries.

Vitamin E is an excellent blood thinner that helps improve circulation. It also helps relieve pain caused by varicose veins.

Good food sources with Vitamin E:
Wheat Germ
Egg Yolks
Butter
Nuts
Whole Wheat Flour
Liver
Dark Leafy Greens

I've had spider veins since I was 30-years-old. I've had the saline injections that got rid of the veins showing but new ones always came up. The biggest help for me was a change in diet and taking whole food multis everyday. I still have some spider veins but they are actually getting better, not as noticable and I don't have any new ones.

source: Smart Medicine for Healthier Living , Zand, Spreen and Lavalle, pg. 576-577
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